A Texas Tech University program aims to assist transgenders, specifically helping biological men speak like women, as well as biological women speak like men — although the program has attracted mostly biological men, a professor who helps run it told the College Fix.
“We focus on voice,” Angela Van Sickle, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, told the outlet in an email. “We work toward creating a voice that is representative of their gender/sex.”
A flyer about the Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program says participants will “work on vocal presentation,” and Van Sickle told the outlet most group members are “transitioning” from male to female.
‘We work on feminine pitch and feminine qualities’
“The ultimate goal is to help those individuals transitioning from male to female with their voice,” she added to the College Fix. “We work on feminine pitch and feminine qualities.”
The group sports 10 members “on and off,” Van Sickle told the outlet.
“We consistently receive inquiries about the group. Some individuals come and check it,” she told the College Fix. “We currently have four regular participants. Individuals are not required to attend every session. They are able to come to those sessions they are able.”
Texas Tech is a publicly funded research college in Lubbock, Texas.